Estudiantes go top of the league and Cocca quits as Gimnasia boss after La Plata derby

Seba Verón celebrates his goal from the penalty spot

The fourth round of the Torneo Apertura 2010 finally came to an end four-and-a-half weeks after it started on Wednesday afternoon, with Estudiantes’ 2-0 victory over Gimnasia y Esgrima, which left Gimnasia without a manager. Federico Fernández headed the Pincha into the lead in the 37th minute, and when Seba Verón was pulled to ground inside the box in stoppage time at the end of the first half, the referee awarded a penalty which Verón picked himself up to score. Incredibly, La Nación’s reckon the penalty shouldn’t have been given. You can see how wrong they were on the goal video right here.

Torneo Apertura 2010, fourth round: Estudiantes de La Plata 2 – 0 Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

With this victory, Estudiantes go top of the Apertura table, and Gimnasia slip below River Plate into third-from-bottom place in the relegation Promedio. Gimnasia manager Diego Cocca had come under increasing pressure in the last few weeks, and stepped down as boss of El Lobo immediately after the match. Gimnasia haven’t won away from home in eight attempts now, and haven’t even scored in six of those matches. ‘I believe the easiest ones to get rid of are always the managers, and that’s why we end up going,’ Cocca told the press. ‘We try and look for all the possible ways of doing things but if the results don’t come, you’ve got to go.’

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